3 Iraqis convicted in Allawi plot

From Times Wire Reports

Three Iraqis were convicted and sentenced to prison for plotting to kill then-Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi during his visit to Germany in 2004.

The Stuttgart state court convicted the three of attempted participation in murder and membership in the terrorist organization Ansar al Islam, a radical Islamic group linked to Al Qaeda.

Ringleader Ata Abdoulaziz Rashid received a 10-year sentence. Codefendants Rafik Mohamad Yousef and Mazen Ali Hussein, also known as Mazen Salah Mohammed, were sentenced to eight and 7 1/2 years, respectively. Prosecutors said the three planned to attack Allawi at a business forum at a bank in downtown Berlin.